Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids – Opens November 11!

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythological creatures from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and beyond.

Explore the various Mythic Creatures of the world. Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids features models and replicas of preserved specimens as well as cast fossils of prehistoric animals to investigate how they could have, through misidentification, speculation, fear, or imagination, inspired the development of some legendary creatures.  Visitors will discover how narwhal tusks from the North Sea, introduced to continental Europe by Scandinavian traders, lent credence to the centuries-old belief in the unicorn. Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids is great for all ages



Touch casts of a narwhal tusk, the lower jaw of Gigantopithecus, and a life-size reproduction of the talon of a Haast’s eagle.  Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids offers many interactive stations throughout the exhibition. Visitors can build their own dragon on an engaging touch-screen and watch it come alive before their eyes in a virtual environment. This amazing exhibition includes imaginative models, paintings, and textiles, along with other cultural objects from around the world.

This exhibit brings to light surprising similarities and differences in the ways people around the world have been inspired by nature to envision and depict these strange and wonderful creatures. 


 Member Only Preview!

Members – On Friday, November 10, be the first to experience the new exhibit Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids at the members only preview from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.! Tickets are $2 per member.

Tickets will go on sale Fall 2017!

Admission to Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids will be $12 for adults, $7 for children, $9 for Kent County resident adults, $4 for Kent County resident children, and $2 for all Museum members! Admission includes general admission to the Museum. 

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids will run from November 11, 2017 to May 20, 2018. This exhibit is brought to you by the citizens of Kent County and the voter approved 2016 millage.

Thank you to our sponsors! 


David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation
The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation


Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation
Lighthouse Group


Adventure Credit Union
Chris & Kim Branoff
Grand Rapids Griffins
The Jant Group
Spectrum Health